• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    2 Years


This programme provides a framework for postgraduate study that gives you the opportunity to advance your knowledge, improve research skills, and practice evidence-based veterinary nursing. 

Now you can study an Advanced Practice in Veterinary Nursing Postgraduate Diploma online at the UK's highest ranked University for Veterinary Medicine (Complete University Guide 2019).

100% Online
This is the first fully online postgraduate qualification designed specifically for RVN's currently being delivered in Scotland. 

The part-time and online nature of the programme means it is ideally suited to individuals who are in full-time employment or have other personal commitments. 

Our programme encompasses a core set of skills, knowledge and competencies which revolve around the theme of evidence-based veterinary nursing. 

Core content is supplemented by a choice of optional courses which deliver specialised training in research, education, business management, best practice, ethics and welfare.  

Specifically designed to support the delivery of quality care, evidence-based learning and best practice techniques, our veterinary nursing degree reflects the need for tomorrows RVN's to be involved in lifelong self-directed learning. 

Learn From The Experts
The programme has been devised by experts from different fields of veterinary nursing and the wider veterinary industry. 

This means that the planning and delivery of courses remains current, relevant and valuable to you, especially when it comes to furthering your career. 

Through our online learning platform, you will experience a range of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, tutorials, work-based learning and project work. 

You will also have the flexibility to tailor the subject of many of your assessments to disciplines or specialisms that are relevant and of interest to you. 


  • Apply knowledge of the policies and principles of veterinary nursing and how this relates to roles such as expert practitioner, manager, educator and researcher
  • Critically analyse professional practice by adopting an evidence-based approach
  • Analyse research methodologies used within evidence-based veterinary medicine
  • Challenge existing theoretical principles and methods and propose alternatives to improve pre-determined outcomes
  • Conduct comprehensive literature searches and critically analyse and synthesise the relevant literature in order to improve your personal practice
  • Design, plan and create a specific research proposal to address an issue or to extend the existing knowledge base within an area of your practice
  • Apply research design methodologies and analyse data sets using appropriate statistical tests in order to investigate an area of your practice
  • Apply knowledge of clinical governance methodology to audit your own practice


Our programme meets the demand for the preparation of both specialised and extended role practitioners and will develop your knowledge, skills and confidence.

This will help you to pursue a career related to Advanced Practice in Veterinary Nursing, such as referral nurse, head nurse, practice manager, educator or researcher.

The veterinary nursing programme also provides a platform for you to move into the field of research, with the potential to continue studying towards your masters qualification and a PhD. 


Advanced Practice in Veterinary Nursing comprises two components:

Year 1: 3 x 20-credit compulsory courses
Year 2: 1 x compulsory 20-credit course plus 2 x 20-credit optional courses

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract

  • VETMED4023Research and Evidence-Based Veterinary Nursing20 Credits

    This course will introduce you to the concepts of theoretical and practical research. You’ll find out what research is and why it is carried out, the basic elements of the research process, and different types of research (quantitative and qualitative) using relevant examples from veterinary nursing/medicine. You’ll then learn how to access research, how to find and evaluate evidence, carry out literature searches, utilise evidence in your own writing/studying and develop your own research questions.

  • VETMED5055Clinical Governance in Veterinary Nursing20 Credits

    You’ll learn from an industry expert and develop your knowledge of the key concepts underlying clinical governance in veterinary practice. You will learn skills that can be directly applied to practice, including how to perform audits and monitor performance and outcomes in your own clinical environments. You’ll also learn how these skills can be applied if your practice undergoes accreditation or awards assessment.

  • VETMED5056Developing Evidence-Based Practice Through Reflection20 Credits

    Enables veterinary nurses to learn theoretical frameworks of reflective practice and develop practical skills in personal reflection. The role of reflection within evidence-based practice, and techniques for implementing evidence-based practice, will also be explored. This will allow you to use reflection to identify and address learning needs and to utilise evidence-based practice principles in order to address these.

  • VETMED5054Animal and Veterinary Ethics20 Credits

    During this course, you’ll develop knowledge of key concepts underlying animal and veterinary ethics. You will also improve your ethical reasoning skills by learning to use a logical approach to decision making when faced with ethical dilemmas.

  • VETMED5057Teaching and Assessment in Veterinary Nursing20 Credits

    The course will cover delivery of teaching, evaluation of competencies, and self-reflection. Research will be used and adapted to create a teaching, learning and assessment plan. A proportion of the course will focus on the teaching and assessment of clinical skills, and how they can be practically implemented and used within your own practice and in an academic environment.

  • VETMED5058Introduction to Veterinary Nursing Business Studies20 Credits

    This course will help you to develop your knowledge of core business concepts and how they apply to the veterinary industry. You’ll learn skills that can be used in practice from a variety of areas including business strategy, marketing, client experience, finance and human resources.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. September entry: Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) who have a BSc/BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing or a related subject, or equivalent international qualification, will be considered for the PgDip programme
  2. September entry: RVNs who hold the RCVS Dip AVN (achieved post-2005), RCVS DipHE AVN, DipHE CVN or FdSc VN/HND VN plus one year’s post-qualification work experience, or equivalent international qualification, will be considered for the PgCert in the first instance. Successful completion of this will allow progression onto the PgDip programme
  3. September entry: RVNs who hold the RCVS Level 3 Diploma with two years’ post-qualification work experience or the RCVS Dip AVN (achieved pre-2005) will be required to submit supporting documentation for their application and will be considered for the PgCert in the first instance. Successful completion of this will allow progression onto the PgDip programme. Applicants entering at this level will be required to complete a non-credit-bearing study skills module
  4. January entry: Applicants must fulfil one of the following: Have a BSc/BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing, or be an RCVS Registered Veterinary Nurse (or equivalent international qualification), with a BSc/BSc (Hons) in any subject
  5. If English is not your first language, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. This is an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no sub-test less than 6. If you do not have an IELTS test certificate, equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications may be accepted

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online for this PgDip. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s), if you have already completed your degree 
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme). 

Please check you meet the entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application. 

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents, such as your final transcript or your language test. 

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
4 Jan 2021
4 Jan 2021
20 Apr 2020
20 Apr 2020
21 Sep 2020
21 Sep 2020

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £7,867*
  • International: £7,867*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

How much does the programme cost?

Part-time fees 1,311 per 20 credits

Can I get help to fund my studies?
You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme.

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.
Regular Assessments
During each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work.

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